Can Pugs Swim?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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This afternoon, Mal and I took Murphy to a nearby state park for some fresh air and exercise.

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At the beginning of our hike, the pug let out a huge yawn, but, little did he know, there was going to be no shortage of excitement during his travels through the park.

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Once we got past the parking lot and onto the hiking trails, we let Murphy off-leash so he could do his own thing. Most of the time this not an issue because Murphy listens to us, especially when we have treats nearby. He listens really well then.

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Mal and I let Murphy lead the way while we followed behind. We really had no reason to worry about him on his own.

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Mal and I chitchatted, enjoyed the scenery, and soaked in the nice weather.

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And then…

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Murphy fell into the lake!! I still have no idea how it happened.

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Poor Murphy didn’t realize just how steep the rock was and ended up slipping into the water. Thankfully, I was pretty close by, so I grabbed his harness and fished him out. It’s a good thing pugs can swim!

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Murphy looked so panicked in the water, but he was totally fine once he was on dry land. Mal and I were definitely more freaked out than he was.

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Once Murphy was safe and sound, we continued hiking with our wet dog.

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We kept a much closer eye on him during the second part of our hike. What a little bugger.

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Good times.

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  1. haha, it’s like a little child! Poor Murphy!
    Our dog fell in our pool when she was 9 weeks old (luckily we were in it at the time and puller her out quick) and I’m pretty sure that traumatized her b/c she HATES water now.

  2. Poor thing. And poor you two, too! A few years back, our Frenchie ran into the Swan Pond in the Public Garden. She was off leash, too…just trotted around a big tree and into the pond. I rounded the tree just as she dropped below the surface. And she DROPPED! Glad to know Murphy can swim…I had to jump in after our girl in order to fish her out. She was definitely not swimming! All was fine afterward. She seemed hardly phased and we were both overloaded on adrenaline for quite a while afterward.

  3. Aw, poor baby! Glad he’s okay 🙂 I have a parakeet that is intrigued by water. He found out that he can’t swim when he jumped in the water as I was washing dishes. Luckily I grabbed him before he drowned- parakeets can’t swim!

  4. Poor puppy dog! But beautiful park! I’m a new-minted Boston local — would you mind letting us know what park that is and where it’s located?

  5. Oh my! I don’t know if I should feel ashamed for laughing so hard a poor little Murphy! I’m glad he’s okay, but that was hilarious! LOL’d at work 🙂 Thanks for the giggles!

  6. I’m presuming this is somewhere in New England. It’s so beautiful! I spent a week in Massachusetts two weeks ago and have very similar photographs! Reminded me of how much I love that part of the country.

  7. Oh my gosh! I held my breath that entire post! Glad he is okay! I think I am going to get a kiddie pool for my pugs. Teach them to swim in shallow water! I have seen some pugs swimming on YouTube. They really Swim fast too!

  8. Awww.. I am glad that Murphy is okay. Since he is okay.. it is kind of funny that he just fell into hte lake. I picture him walking along the side.. and just tipping over (Although that is surley not how it went down!)

  9. poor murphy! my pug, izzy bicuits, cannot swim…she loves water but panics when her feet leave the ground and sinks!

  10. avid reader here. just curious, but how is Mal hiking in flip flops? love your blog, keep up the good work!

  11. Your blog title made me curious where this post was heading! My first response was throw him in and find out! 🙂

    Murphy looks so cute clinging to the sides. Good thing you were close by. I’m sure he was just exploring and fell in.

    Beautiful scenery!

  12. When I was in high school my dog fell into our pool. I was so panicked that I jumped in after him. This was back in the day when you had “film” for a camera. I didn’t realize it, but I had the roll of film from my prom in my pocket. Oh the things we do for our dogs! It’s probably better water spots came out on my dates face anyway…
    Happy Friday!!!

  13. My fiance and I took our pug Zombie to his family’s cabin last summer. There’s a deep retaining pond on one part of the land which is basically a ten foot deep whole filled with water. Our dog had been there literally 5 minutes and he managed to fall in. My fiance had to throw himself down a hill to pull him out. He had the same look on his face Murphy has in those pictures.

  14. Oh no! Poor Murphy! My pup jumped in a lake once after her best dog friend did. She was totally displeased and that NEVER happened again! 🙂

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